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Petit Valley, Trinidad and Tobago

The University of the Southern Caribbean is a private university owned and operated by the Caribbean Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. The main campus is located on 384 acres of land in the Maracas Valley of the twin island of Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. There are also six satellite extension campuses located in Scarborough, , 23x15px Trinidad and Tobago, San Fernando, 23x15px Trinidad and Tobago, Georgetown, 23x15px Guyana, Bridgetown, 23x15px Barbados, Castries, 23x15px Saint Lucia, and St. John’s, 23x15px Antigua and Barbuda. One other satellite campus is in the planning for St. George's, 23x15px Grenada.The University offers courses to foster values-based education, the curriculum not only focuses on the academic, but has a holistic emphasis - an education that attends to the mind, soul, and body. Wikipedia.


Lewis-Alleyne L.C.,University of the Southern Caribbean | Lewis-Alleyne L.C.,Jacobs University Bremen | Bassil B.S.,Jacobs University Bremen | Bottcher T.,Monash University | Roschenthaler G.-V.,Jacobs University Bremen
Dalton Transactions | Year: 2014

NHCMeSiCl4 (NHCMe = 1,3-dimethylimidazolidin-2-ylidene) was used to synthesise novel NHCMe-Pt(ii) complexes. An atypical trans-cis isomerisation process was also achieved for [(NHCMe)2PtCl2], while the synthesis of the unique double-complex salt [(NHCMe)Pt(cod)Cl] [(NHCMe)PtCl3] (cod = 1,5-cyclooctadiene) revealed the first-ever N-heterocyclic carbene analogue of the Cossa's salt anion. This journal is © the Partner Organisations 2014. Source


Nichols S.D.S.,University of the West Indies | Francis M.P.,National Schools Dietary Services Ltd | Dalrymple N.,University of the West Indies | Dalrymple N.,University of the Southern Caribbean
West Indian Medical Journal | Year: 2014

Objectives: Childhood obesity and poor lifestyle practices are emerging as major public health challenges in the Caribbean. Given the fact that a significant part of childhood is spent at school, curriculum- based interventions aimed at improving good dietary and physical activity patterns may provide a useful vehicle for mass inculcation of long-term healthy lifestyle practices. In this study, we evaluated the long-term impact of a brief curriculum based intervention on dietary behaviour, physical activity and knowledge level of primary schoolchildren. Methods: The study was a randomized, controlled, school-based nutrition education and physical activity intervention. One hundred students each were then randomly assigned to the intervention (IVG) and non-intervention (NIVG) groups and followed-up for 18 months. Participants in the IVG group were exposed to a curriculum consisting of six one-hour modules followed by school-based activities geared at fostering healthy behaviours. Students in the non-intervention group did not receive any modules and were subject to the information available at school on a regular basis. Results: In multivariate regression equations controlling for age, gender, body mass index (BMI) and baseline values, intervention was associated with lower intake of fried foods and sodas (p < 0.05) and higher knowledge scores (p < 0.01) 18 months later but not significantly associated with improved physical activity or lower BMI. Conclusions: In this study, participants in the intervention group reported significantly lower intakes of fried foods and sodas and higher knowledge scores than participants in the control group some 18 months post-intervention independent of age, gender, BMI, ethnicity and the intakes at baseline. Source


Scobie A.A.,University of the West Indies | Scobie A.A.,University of the Southern Caribbean | Starr C.K.,University of the West Indies
Sociobiology | Year: 2012

The uncovered, single-comb nests oiMischocyttarus baconi Starr have short, stout, centric petioles. We describe nest size, cell size, petiole dimensions, and the position of the petiole. In a sample of 91 nests, the comb comprised up to 198 cells. Cells had a mean side-to-side diameter at the mouth of 3.4 mm. The petiole had a mean length of 2.9 and a modal width of 2.0 mm. The degree of excentricity was determined for a sample of nests of at least 20 cells. As expected, those attached to vertical substrates (wall nests) showed greater excentricity than those attached to horizontal substrates (ceiling nests). Source


Francis M.,University of the West Indies | Francis M.,National School Dietary Services Ltd | Nichols S.S.D.,University of the West Indies | Dalrymple N.,University of the Southern Caribbean
Public Health Nutrition | Year: 2010

Objective Childhood obesity is increasingly being recognized as a major public health problem in the Caribbean. The objective of the present study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a short-term, school-based, multi-component education intervention on improving the knowledge, attitudes and behaviour of primary-school children towards better dietary and activity habits.Design The study was a randomized, controlled, school-based nutrition education and physical activity intervention. Participating schools were randomly assigned to the intervention (IVG) and non-intervention (NIVG) groups.Setting All primary schools in Sangre Grande, north-east Trinidad.Subjects Five hundred and seventy-nine pupils in their sixth year of primary-school education were enrolled from twelve schools in Sangre Grande, north-east Trinidad.Results Approximately 23 % of participants had BMI 85th percentile of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention age- and gender-specific cut-off values. In multivariate regression equations controlling for age, gender, BMI and baseline value, intervention was associated with lower intake levels of fried foods, snack foods high in fat, sugar and salt (HFSS) and sodas (P < 0.05). In similar analyses, intervention was associated with higher knowledge scores (P < 0.01). Intervention was not significantly associated with physical activity and Childrens Eating Attitude Test-26 (ChEAT26) scores after controlling for age, gender, BMI and the relevant baseline values.Conclusions The intervention was associated with lower intake levels of fried foods, HFSS foods, sodas and higher knowledge scores independent of age, gender, BMI, ethnicity and the appropriate baseline value. Finally, the intervention was not associated with changes in physical activity behaviours in multivariate analyses. © 2010 The Authors. Source

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